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Harihar Singh Academy runs under the aegis of the society- Harihar Singh Memorial Academy.

Still rural India lack better avenues of education, health, transportation, employment like modern democratic amenities. This has resulted in migration of a very large number of the natives to metropolitan cities. Most of these immigrants live in sub-human conditions in penury with their shattered dreams turned into nightmares. The only remedy for all this tragic mess is to develop rural infra-structure and open quality education imparting institutions there. Undoubtedly, ‘education is the most powerful tool to change a society. ‘This inspired us to open an English medium school in rural Varanasi. But the actual source of inspiration was late Harihar Prasad Singh.

BABU HARIHAR SINGH (1923-2003)

Mirzapur is a district in the lap of the Vindhya mountain range. These are older than the Himalayas. Mirzapur is an ancient name made up of two Sanskrit words Mir= mountain and Ja= daughter, because It is the anchor –sheet abode of Mother Goddess with basic vertex of the great Holy Triangle, the other vertices thereof are situated in Afghanistan (Raktdantika) and China (Neel Saraswati, the core from of goddess of knowledge whose temple was by the bank of river Yang-si-Kyang. Confucius was exclusively devoted to her. Through Mirzapur flows the river Ganges. The Indo-Gangatic plains of Mirzapur produce the finest quality of rice and are the richest district in mineral deposits. Geographically, Varanasi is the successor of Mirzapur because down-stream river silt depositions formed Mirzapur plains earlier than the plains of Varanasi. Varanasi is indebted to Mirzapur, whose slab and boulders of the Vindhya rocks held it to shape its ghats, havelis and temples right from the ancient times. Like the Himalayas, the Vindhya range has also, due to its difficult and rugged terrain, acted as natural sentinel to protect our country from the foreign invades in the past. Although concrete has revolutionized construction, it would be ungrateful if we do not pay our tributes to the now dying stone carving art of Mirzapur, to which Indian architecture would ever remain indebted.

Babu Harihar Singh born in 1923 at Media in Bhuili Pargana (a rice-bowl, zone named after Bhurishrawa of the Mahabharta). This village is situated by bank the river Gangaes trans-river facing Chunar. His father, Babu Aditya Narayan Singh, was a prosperous landlord and had 250Acres of land. His mother Kapoora Devi was a typical Indian tradition bond lady exclusively devoted to her faith and family. Harihar was a promising child at school, punctual, truthful, sincere and disciplined. He was simple and obedient and was considered as an ideal student. His middle school education was going on well. Harihar used to dream getting modern education to the maximum possible extent. But destiny`s cruel blow from the bolt robbed him of his father. His maternal uncle`s heart might have bled when, after the last rituals of his father were over, he put his hand on the shoulders of the fatherless teen and said “Babu, I know you wished to read further which you can do by self study. Now managing the household and property is your responsibility. If you feed a hungry man, your soul satisfies too. So educate Harishchandra whose, now you are not real elder brother and a legal father-like guardian. You are now the family head.. You have to manage your lands at village, Darban and Tulsipur. Maintain your ancestral wealth and reputation with hard work and honestly because defame and poverty are like all engulfing swamp, the more one tries, the more one gets deeper. Humayun, as you might have read in your history books, died when Akbar was of your age but he, despite many odds consolidated the Mughals. My blessings are always with you”.

Harihar was too young to feel the gravity of the situation and too novice to feel the responsibilities. But he was a visionary. Soon, he not only left behind the odd, but became an ideal head of the family. Unlike his contemporary land-owners, who used to treat their workers like slaves and inferior races, Harihar was humanitarian, dynamic, grave, suave, truthful and caring. He had deep concern for his workers who in general, were poor. With these innate qualities he made workers under him do better in all agricultural activities, which were mainly, manual and labour intensive. Things now went well because his work-force was faithful and dedicated.

In 1941, Harihar was married to Rajkumari Singh (aged 14) of Shahanshahpur. At that time he was an eighteen years old, attractive, fair, handsome, well-built young man with beautiful mesmerizing eyes. He was, adored by all. Though he had a tight schedule for supervising over his family responsibilities, nothing could deter him away from books and reading them regularly, not even maintaining of records of wages and other accounts related to transactions which were details of kinds and cash lent to his workers on demand. If a worker asked for adjustment of a major portion of his earnings against his outstanding loan, he would rebuke affectionately ‘How would you pull on then?’ He was a regular newspaper reader and radio-listener. Running plough and pen smoothly were his concerns. He had an open mind and took deep interest in current affairs. His wise counsel helped a number of disputes and local tensions being amicably settled. His serious perusals and enlightened wisdom made him think ahead of his time. Versatility in reading made him an advocate of rational humanism. If, at one hand, scriptures strengthened him ethically Satyarth Prakash and likewise book of reformatory nature equally influenced him. He did not believe in superstitions and on number of occasions instructed him men not to be entrapped by witch-doctors and take the ailing person to hospital for proper treatment. He was a reformer.. He hated untouchability. Once, he dined with Harijans, which led to a great uproar in the locality, but he remained undisturbed. In India, recluses wander along the bank of mainly two rivers- the Ganga and Narmada. He came across such a recluse, who had given up his judge`s job and became a disciple of Yogiraj Shyama Charan Lahiri. This wandering hermit taught him Yoga. One could watch him floating on stagnant water surface for long. If children quarried “How is to possible Babuji”, he would reply, “By controlling your breath and by keeping yourself calm and collected, you too, can do it”.

He was simple and down to earth but so grave that one could not read his mind. He was equally concerned for all. Cooking in those was done by using fire-wood and dried dung cakes. Often unexpected visitors came after the usual cooking was over. He knew that cooking again would be too-time consuming and the over-worked women-folk would either not take their usual meal or would be over-burdened. So he would say “I won`t eat today’. Upon this the women folk inside would laugh and say extra cooking has already been done and you shouldn`t be worried about that at all. “He never returned any needy person empty-handed. Perhaps flowed the milk of humanity in his veins along with blood. Once a village lad was loudly calling another “You donkey” He stopped and spoke to them in his usual fatherly tone”. It is improper, uncivilized and degrading to call a human being an animal. We are the super creation of nature with intellect and oratory power.

He was unanimously elected ‘Gram Pradhan’ for five consecutive terms. During his tenure he allotted govt. lands only to the landless and actual needy though it displeased many of his associating interest groups. He served the people honestly and his entire 25 yrs. tenure was spot-less. He always tried and dreamt development in rural areas. He gave his entire share of land at Semara for a school, though by selling it he could get a good sum of money. He said “ Schools are the temples of learning. We need more and more schools in villages least rural educational backwardness survives.” Whenever he heard or read about opening of an English medium school in rural area, his bucolic eyes would beam with joy.

Usually, we wish for ourselves. We long for our pleasures. It is hermit like, if we wish for the welfare of the poor and the needy. We, when rise above the ‘self’ and long for such institution and services which can change the face of our society by lighting candle of light among the ignorant, we are paying back our RISHI-RINA- a token of gratitude to all the noble souls of all faiths who worked restlessly for welfare of man in general. Babuji`s dream of opening of more and more schools in countryside was always live. Opening of an English medium school in rural Varanasi is a humble – tribute to a great unadvertised soul who believed in work with honestly and never in snobbery. We shall ever seek for his heavenly guidance through the twinkling stars.

Location: The school is situated at village Tisaura, between Dharsauna and Danganj, five km from Cholapur by Varanasi-Azamgarh Highway. Its distance from Varanasi Cantt. Railway Station is 25 km and the same from airport is15 km. The school is well connected by a pucca road branching out from the highway.

Affiliation and Courses

The school is affiliated to CBSE, New Delhi up to Senior Secondary level (Science & Commerce ) since 2007.As such, classes are held from Play Group to UKG in a separate kids section with play-way method and from class I to X and onwards strictly as per CBSE Curriculum.